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Hopslam Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam AleHopslam Ale

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8,786 Ratings
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Ratings: 8786
Reviews: 3087
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with honey. Hoppy as hell.

(Beer added by: beernbbq on 04-14-2004)
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agilis

New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At the Flying Pig in Malvern, PA.

Quite nearly a perfect beer. 12 oz goblet pour. Beautiful, thick golden color. Amazing head.

Had all of the great aspects of a special beer: taste, mouth feel, smell. There's really no need to go on and on...I think I've made my point.

The best summary may have come from my wife who's watching what she eats/drinks...."Wow, maybe I should cancel my BLT and order one of those"!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 21:40:12 | More by agilis
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Amanspearfishing

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good gawd! Get dunked on by this hopslamming ale; the smell is of a hoppy meadow in the Elysian fields and the taste is similar to a bulldozer shoving a inordinate amount of pines citrus hops and a motley of other refreshing ingredients onto your palate where they accommodate one another instead of duking it out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2014 02:58:56 | More by Amanspearfishing
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elNopalero

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Update: Cracked open my first bottled Hopslam this year. ...and my second, and my third, and fourth and ....

It's delicious, doesn't drink like a 10%+ beer. Honeyed sweet, but intensely hoppy at the same time. Haters gonna hate but this is superior. For a limited release that’s still wildly available at a price point cheaper than most beers sold in bombers what more can I say?

My 450th review. And the first time I’ve ever tried Hopslam!

Had on draught at the Eccentric Café in good ol’ Kalamazoo, Michigan.

This poured a caramel-amber color. Looking good, looking good.
I get a hop slam of aroma—just a blast of hops. First whiff set the stage for the floral, vibrant, zesty, hoppy goodness. Hook this up to an oxygen tank and let me breath it in! Flavor combination of some tropical fruits, lots of citrus, and a bit of a chewiness to keep it interesting. I found a big malt backing to balance out the scales and a dry finish that kept me begging for more, more, more! I sipped and I sipped and I decimated my palate with hop bitterness. Hopslam! (Exclamation point!)

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 23:54:36 | More by elNopalero
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itsscience

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous cloudy amber with a half finger of white head that sticks around for a while. The nose is huge on orange, but also includes lemon peel, tangerine, pineapple, and sweet malts. I get a pine needle taste up front before the bitterness is reduced by sweet orange, papaya, and pineapple, and then washed away completely by bready malts, leading to an impressively balanced and coherent experience from the beginning of the tongue to the end. Drinks smooth with a medium body, and hides the alcohol content well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 00:17:11 | More by itsscience
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 1702 in Tucson, Arizona, served in a pint glass.

I got lucky and got served a pint instead of the 10 ounce pour the menu said I'd get. The beer arrived with a finger-thick head that was chewy looking and persisted well. The liquid was golden and copper with some light carbonation, plus had a bit of a hazy look.

Quite a bit of sweetness to this beer on the nose. There's a potent sweet malt aroma, fruity and citrusy hops and a subtler, resinous piney hops.

As the aroma led me to believe, this beer was sweet, very heavy on some berry-like, strawberry flavor. On the back end, I get the more resinous, spicy and piney hops. There's a thick mouthfeel to the beer and it's not until about mid-palate that the bitterness emerges, persisting until the finish. Supposedly this beer is ten percent ABV, but I'd never guess.

I found this beer delicious, but not particularly hopped up and aggressive as I'd expect from an Imperial IPA. Still, I liked the sweetness and the berry flavor and armoa that aren't common in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 04:13:06 | More by ONovoMexicano
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had to review this beer after trying it for the first time because I am not a hoppy beer/IPA guy but was blown away by this superb beer! Tried it in a sampler and promptly ordered a whole one.

The color was almost orange in hue, with a slight head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was fantastic! I could tell by the smell that I was in for a treat, because it wasn't overpowering in the typical way that very hoppy beers are to me, but instead gave amazing floral and citrus notes. Mouthfeel was substantial compared to a regular IPA, and I liked the body and slight malty sweetness, which quickly gave way to the hops. Whatever combo they use was enough to convert me, because it was intense and complex without the harshness of most beers with that much hops. I'm guessing a lot of late additions and dry hops. You'd also never guess this was 10% ABV. I never order IPAs or DIPAs, but from now on, when I see this on tap, that's probably what I'll get.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 01:09:37 | More by aqualung23
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WheelsPSU

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition. I had a 12 ounce pour ($8) at RFD in Washington DC. Time to find out if this is the real deal, or "Hypeslam".

The pour produced a frothy, off white head. The color is bright orange,almost amber and very clear. The lacing was thick and solid up and down the tulip glass.

The smell had every hop aroma imaginable. Loads of all kinds of tropical fruits were first followed by the pine. Very nice orange fragrance as well. Although I couldn't find the honey aroma but there was a small caramel sweetness from the malt.

So far so good.

The taste had pine and grass but the tropical fruits from the fragrance were not that juicy. I got more bitterness than sweetness. Just way too much for me. The hops dominated obviously but in a bitter tart kind of way. I again did not find the honey. And boy did I taste the full brunt of the 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel was great. Full body, medium, and even foamy.

This beer is amazing in appearance, smell and mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the booze and overall bitter tartness were a detractor for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 16:49:39 | More by WheelsPSU
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JulioH

Florida

4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to taste a couple IPA's before having this Hopslam and I could see why it was so coveted and pricy. This beer is a very refined IPA, with a beautiful yellow color, a nice smooth taste, not overly bitter and psychotic like some of the more hoppy IPAs, but still hoppy enough to have a distinctive fragrance. The nose was not overpowering, it was very delicate, and the keg had been tapped 12 hours before. The mouth feel was really good, it is a beer that feels uniform. It is overall a great Imperial IPA, definitively one of the better IPA around East.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 07:24:56 | More by JulioH
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. Smells great, with lots of citrus, grapefruit and stone fruit. Lots of hops with generous bready malts, great balance, a highly drinkable and refreshing DIPA that packs a nice hoppy profile with a bit of a caramel malt touch in there. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 02:28:22 | More by mick303
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tap

Pours a deep clear amber gold, white head at about an eighth of an inch dissipates to a lacing.

Aroma of piney hops and honey with some slight citrus.

Grapefruit and pine hops over a rich biscuit malt flavor, hints of caramel.

Full body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty exceptional, up there with the best double IPAs I've had. Very enjoyable and hides its strength in the drinkability. Certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 03:24:47 | More by Cylinsier
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two tulip glasses over 90 minutes, with and without food at the Federal TapHouse in Harrisburg, PA.

This is a glowing amber orange beauty, with a bubbly white head that's not dense or massive, but nice. That cap falls fast and leaves less lacing than one might like. The core is a touch cloudy, but still bright and inviting.

The nose is complex and changes a great deal with time in the glass. Orange rind and peach are remarkably forward, more prominent than the evergreen and tart citrus that often dominates scents in this style. There are sweet floral elements, too, clearly enhanced by the honey brewing--lavender, dandelion, and honeysuckle. Peppered toffee becomes a more potent player with warmth. Overall, though, it's somewhat surprising that the bouquet is less intricate at higher temps than with the tight binding of cold.

The taste experience begins nicely with a cleansing bitter wash, enhanced some by carbonation. Then, it goes slick with a caramel-honey phase before unleashing the core DIPA flavors of grapefruit, pine, and peach with a heavy dose of orange. The fruits give way to flowers, primarily lavender and honeysuckle, with a pepper-spice edge that converts to alcohol burn. It doesn't end quite as clean with a bitter hop finish as it might, but this is not to say that I didn't go quickly back for the next sip.

The mouthfeel is thick and nicely syrupy in balance with the bright citrus fruit, but the moderate level of carbonation is just a touch low for this beast. The bubbles needed to keep the bounce in this heavy brew aren't quite there. It does feel good on the tongue, but just doesn't dance and compel.

Overall, I'm thrilled to have tasted this beer on tap after its fresh seasonal release. It has a lot of heft and hop strength, and I really enjoy the nose with its sunny fruits that complement the color. If I'm honest, though, in some ways I think Bell doesn't do this amped up double quite as well as they craft the more accessible and compelling Two Hearts. And, I had a repeat performance with a beer born 1/21/14 three weeks afterwards--its color was already less orange, and both nose and palate had turned funky with no elemental improvements in exchange. It seems fragile to me. But I still want more...!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2014 07:21:44 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly amber or more dark golden color with a nice head that is thin and creamy and left nice lacing.
Aroma is a little sweet and fruity with some green. Citrus fruit and maybe some tropical fruit notes too.
Taste is just excellent. A great balance of fruit (mostly citrus) with green and pine notes. Not one thing takes over. The taste is consistent from beginning to end. Slight malt background with a pine finish. Mouth feel is very smooth and finishes a bit dry.
Overall and excellent IPA. Very well balanced and surprisingly easy drinking. No alcohol taste even though it carries some wight. Just great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 00:09:25 | More by dexterk1
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kevdemers

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap from Colts Grille on 2/7/14.

Appearance:
Nice golden color, minimal head based on pour.

Smell:
Mandarin orange, white grapes, slight honey?

Taste:
Mandarin oranges, boozy, hop bitterness, slight dankness.

Mouthfeel:
Sticky, minor carbonation.

Overall:
A little sticky/sweeter than I like for my IPAs, but great beer anyway and glad I tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 05:18:58 | More by kevdemers
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Sam Adams special pint glass. The aroma on this is wonderful with a bright mandarin orange, sweetness and orange blossom honey. Deep gold color with large white persistent head. Flavor is slightly sweet up front that fades to a bitter hop-flavored middle and off-dry finish that borders of astringent. Some orange sweetness and hint of honey with a light grainy character as well. Some alcohol warming. Overall this year's is very well balanced and easy to drink, way better than I remember it. Not just the hype apparently!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 20:22:26 | More by Jackofallbrews
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BeerHo

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BeerHo
Pennsylvania

5.00
look: 5.00 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on draft in a 14 oz snifter at West Reading Tavern in West Reading, PA on February 3rd, 2013

A- pours a golden amber color with a white, frothy head. Beautiful lacing throughout the glass with each sip. Head seems to stay pretty well with initial pour

S- amazing, floral, earthy hop aromas with a very subtle bready malt essence. Surprisingly for a beer with this ABV, there is no harsh alcohol smell whatsoever because the honey mellows it out nicely!
N - bisquit, pinappple, grapefruit!
T- Grapefruit, pinapple & tangerine with bitter hops mixed with sweet honey. Delicious hop flavor and smoothness with no harshness from the bittering
Great IPA that can go head to head with the top IPAs out there and it's
well balanced and beautifully hopped to deliver a hop mouthful but yet satisfying the malt heads out there! This is not a bready beer by any means but a well balanced east-west coast IPA!

M- feels amazing on the palate! Good carbonation, which a slickness on the tongue. A sweet touch from the honey but nothing overwhelming. This is a very good well balanced IPA that is easy to drink all night long!

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 00:42:12 | More by BeerHo
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft in a 12 oz snifter at Molly's Irish Pub in Bethlehem, Pa

A- pours a light amber color with a white, frothy head. Beautiful lacing throughout the glass with each sip. Head seems to stay pretty well with initial pour

S- amazing, floral, earthy hop aromas with a very subtle bready malt essence. Surprisingly for a 10% abv beer, there is no harsh alcohol smell whatsoever!

T- touches of bitter hops mixed with sweet honey. Delicious hop flavor and smoothness with no harshness from the bittering or any ether/alcohol flavor from the abv. This brew is extremely well balanced and beautifully hopped to deliver a hop punch without disappointing on the malt end.

M- feels amazing on the palate! Very minimal carbonation, which a slickness on the tongue. A sweet touch from the honey but nothing overwhelming. Amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 07:04:10 | More by Budinetz
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dlukask

Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This might be the best IPA I've ever personally tasted.

I really love the piney tasting IPA, and this, to me, was like sucking on a green pine cone – in an amazing way. It's super hoppy, but the bitterness is balanced by it's freshness.

Has a great mouthfeel, as it should being so nutrient rich in ABVs.

I wish they'd make it all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 23:14:05 | More by dlukask
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Beric

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: On tap, 12oz in a snifter
Served: 20 Jan 2014

Appearance: A hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of white bubbles. Good lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Huge hop nose, but not as abrasive as some other DIPAS, a theme that will reappear multiple times in this review. Some sweet maltiness evident in the nose, but mostly hops.

Taste: A pure, thick hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit and pine. Very "juicy" hop notes overlaid on a sweet malt. Tastes somewhat like an imperial Two Hearted, which also has an excellent, sweet maltiness. Semi-sweet finish doesn't coat your tongue in syrupy sweetness, but also doesn't dry the mouth out.

Mouthfeel: Deceptively thick and creamy for an DIPA. Really compliments the rest of the beer well.

Overall: This isn't an abrasive, blow your face off DIPA. I had this one at a Bell's event at a bar in town and the representative made sure to emphasize that this isn't a West Coast style IPA. It's a lot like Two Hearted- an incredible, unique IPA that has different characteristics than their west coast cousins. This one is sweeter and thicker than West Coast DIPAs, which really tones down the hoppiness and makes it compliment the beer more than give it a shocking, abrasive edge. Expect something slightly different than you expect when you see DIPA and you'll be pleased with this brew. Expect something like Stone Enjoy By, and you're going to be disappointed when you aren't burping up hops every half hour for the next 3 hours. An incredible beer, and a must try for any craft beer aficionado.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 01:15:18 | More by Beric
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BrainDad

Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Logan's Alley in GR. Statewide barrel release 2014. Too bad America can't be here too.

Everything about this beer is an IPA lovers dream. Alcohol taste a bit over the top. Looks beautiful and feels good rolling over the palate and down the gullet. A perfect balance between aroma and taste, which is much more than I can say about most others. Not too syrupy, not too "vacant".

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 22:21:29 | More by BrainDad
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Docrock

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a 12 oz glass at Bells 1-11-14

A - nice orange coppery color with minimal head which dissipated quickly. Small amount of sticky lacing.

S - wonderful floral aroma as well as a decent amount of citrus

T - spot on, hops balance seemed better this year than last. Nearly perfect! Hopslam has jumped back up to one of my favorites.

M- carbonation was good and malt balance was perfect. This beer hides it's abv well.

O - a hop lovers ideal brew. not overpowering, just right there on the nose and palate. A definite must try. Fortunate enough to have at Bells on-tap..

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 01:59:57 | More by Docrock
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UnionJack31

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Rich orange-gold with minimal head.

S - Strong pine but citrus comes through as well.

T - There is a stronger citrus flavor that is able to hide the higher alcohol content. The overall balance is incredible.

M - Amazing smoothness that makes it so easy to drink.

O - This is my favorite beer so I am biased when I say that this is deserving of the hype. Cant wait to try this years batch!

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 16:11:53 | More by UnionJack31
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Culture

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This 'IPA' is the Best I have had. I am actually drinking it as I am writing this. I usually wait to write a review. This will make your taste buds jump for joy. Very Hoppy. If you have a chance to try this it is a must have. The smell is pretty weak. Not so much of a smell at all .

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 21:36:27 | More by Culture
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Rope

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
What an IIPA should look like. Strong amber hue, with a plentiful thick head.

Smell-
A symphony of competing hop flavors, fruits, pines, bitters, and a sweet malt backbone.

Taste-
The hop flavor goes in a rainbow of sweet to bitter, and then the malt caramel sweetness rounds the rollercoaster to an end.

Mouthfeel-
Thick and oily, but doesn't linger longer than it should. Carbonation can dissipate quickly.

Overall-
This is definitely a thinking beer. A bomb of flavor. Grab some while it is available, wait until it comes back when you run out.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 17:56:22 | More by Rope
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AllenChaney

Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers ever. The flavor is huge but not as big as it gets, more subtle than many Imperial IPA's. Reminds me of laying in a dew saturated field of wildflowers. Wakes up my entire olfactory system and excites me for the next sip. Not very "bite-y" and I love the floral notes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 23:52:23 | More by AllenChaney
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Beer_Bitch

Michigan

4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: On tap

Appereance: translucent and beautiful. LIke a golden goddess.

Smell: Extreme citrus scent. It smells like you've been placed in a vacuum sealed container for 5.3 years with grapefruit.

Taste: The taste is extremely powerful and complex. It smashes your palate with a right hook of citrus glory than delivers a powerful, but sure, upper cut to your adams apple of glorious hops.

Mouthfeel: light, like the touch of a doves wings

This beer is delicious. The first IPA that I drank and enjoyed. For anyone that has friends that would like to start drinking beers other than Pilsner this is the beer they should try. YUUMMM!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 00:19:13 | More by Beer_Bitch
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Hopslam Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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